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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

California Dreaming is a great restaurant. I was highly impressed with the shrimp BLT wrap I ordered! However the hostess was not very clear on timing and kept making us come back to check in on how long we'd be waiting. We ended up sitting...More

Thank Michele E
Reviewed 6 days ago

My Birthday Celebration was at California Dreamers. There roll are superb. The food was delicious and timely. They have a salad that is very delicious. We had 25 family members at the celebration. We have been back twice since July 22, 2017.

Thank Sylvia S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service, good food. Nice atmosphere too! Love the honey butter croissants and the wine selection is excellent!

Thank cmlahna
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love their buttery croissant rolls that come with the side salads. all the salad dressing taste fresh and are homemade. you won't be disappointed!

Thank indiemommy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I needed to find a restaurant for lunch and some friends suggested several and the California Dreaming was easiest to remember so I got the GPS to take m there. The building itself is attractive, clean and well appointed. The furniture inside is nice and...More

Thank traveller2Atlanta_GA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As usual, I feel it's a bit pricey, but we traditionally go there for birthday/holiday celebrations. The food is good, big salads (mine was a bit skimpy on the dressing, but no big deal). I'll echo mbovary2014's comment about the "lackluster waitress." I don't know...More

Thank lofar_dog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our favorite restaurant and have been coming here for years. The atmosphere is wonderful at this one time train station. Great salads are fabulous! We always get the nachos and cream spinach as a side. But I'm very disappointed that we learned on...More

Thank Splahtoon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I never miss a chance to go here. The menu is varied, the service is excellent, the atmosphere is larger than life (was old Union Station), and managers will address any issue appropriately. Favs: Ribs, CD salad, nachos, and the most unusual chicken wings (NOT...More

Thank S7460QAsharonm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have loved this restaurant since my first visit to the one in Charleston in 1992. That hasn't chanced in the last 25 years. The Columbia location has excellent service, food and atmosphere. I wish I could dine there or simply have drinks every day.

Thank Beth I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'll break this down into the pro's and the cons. Cons. -Lackluster waitress. She really didn't seem to care if we had a positive experience or not. -Appetizers came out at the same time as the entrees. (We did NOT ask for that.) The table...More

Thank mbovary2014
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5 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Absolutely! It's our house special. Slow-cooked and sliced to order!
Bobbi E
4 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Hi Bobbi, I'm sorry to hear our hostess wasn't able to accommodate you! Good news, I have secured your reservation. At your convenience, please email me your contact phone #. Thank you and happy holidays, Amber @ CentraArchy... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-254-6767
Voted “Best Salad” 12 years running, by Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan, “Best Date Spot, Best Overall Restaurant and Best Place to Take your Parents” by USC’s The Daily Gamecock. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen; start with the Barbecue Chicken Nachos, then slow-cooked Prime Rib or a hearty pasta dish. The restaurant also features late night bar bites; large party carry-out and catering; live music and seasonal patio dining. The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.
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